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WORKSHOPS

There is an exciting variety of workshops offered to you this year.

When considering a workshop, we have a few objectives in mind:

  • teach you new skills
  • have fun, and
  • strengthen friendships.

You can sign up for workshops online or in-person at a Guild meeting. Payment, however, still needs to be made in person at Guild meetings.

We assume you know how your sewing machine works before coming to class. If you’re not sure whether the workshop will be too easy or too difficult, Carol, Sandra or the teacher will be glad to give you some guidelines.  If there is pre-course homework, please do your best to complete it so that you can better follow along with the course.

Rooms are booked with the City of Ottawa.  We choose locations with natural light and they are accessible.  We hope you will help to set up the room and clean up at the end of the day.

While not all workshops have been finalized yet, here is a list of what is being considered:

  • You quilted that with a walking foot
  • Nisses – Adorable mythical creatures
  • Tablerunners (CANCELLED)
  • 40 x 40 (CANCELLED)
  • Precision Piecing – tips and tricks (FULL)
  • T-shirt Quilts (FULL)
  • Double Disappearing Nine Patch
  • Thread Art
  • Reverse applique

If you have a workshop idea, please let us know by email at ctqg.workshops@gmail.com or stop by our table at our monthly meetings.

Workshop Workshop FAQ

We support our LQS’s (Local Quilt Shops) wholeheartedly and are NOT in competition! We rely on the LQS for their expertise – and their supplies! However, there are several reasons why you would take a workshop through the Guild:

  1. As much as possible, we run the workshops on a “cost recovery” basis. However, when we are lucky enough to have a teacher who is in exceptionally high demand come to our guild, the fees may be subsidized so that as many members as possible may participate – yes, membership does have its privileges!
  2. We try to give budding local designers and teachers the opportunity to expand and hone their skills – and encourage guild members to take leadership roles!  We have very talented members, even if we do say it ourselves.
  3. We like to bring our members together in social situations. How much more fun is quilting when you do it with friends?!
  4. We listen to YOU when planning the workshops, and try to respond to YOUR interests.
Come with a friend! Non-members are welcome. Who knows, they may not be a “non-member” for long!

This is how it works:  members are always given first preference, but 30 days before the workshop is scheduled to take place, any remaining spots are opened to the general public.  If that person is already a member of any other guild (OVQG, Modern Guild, etc.), they pay no extra fee.

Those who are not a member of any other guild are asked to pay an additional $10. This is a new policy, aimed at making new friends across traditional local boundaries.

All workshops this year are held in the Notre Dame des Champs Community Hall, 3659 Navan Road, and go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We send you a map and detailed instructions when you register. There is no bus service, but if transportation is a problem, let us know and maybe we can arrange a lift.

You can bring your coffee with you. And bring your lunch too – you won’t want to miss even a minute by having to find somewhere to eat at noon (options in the area are limited)!

Most workshops are only $40 (unchanged from last year), although some are $50 for certain “rock stars” of the quilting world.

The workshops are limited to 12 participants (unless otherwise stated.)

Visit the highly approachable people at the WORKSHOPS table on Guild meeting evenings. Carol Nicholson and  Sandra Baynes will have all the info as well as classroom samples to inspire you. Or email.
When more than the maximum participants per workshop are enrolled, we establish a waiting list, and look into adding another session.

All fees are payable to CTQG when you register (cash or cheques are accepted). Payment is your confirmation of registration. Talk to Carol or Sandra if e-transfers are your thing.

Once you are registered, we are unable to make a refund if you can’t attend. However, we will put you in touch with someone from the waiting list, or you may make arrangements for someone else to replace you. Just keep workshop folks informed. If we are forced to cancel a workshop for any reason, all money will be refunded.

2018-2019 Workshops

Workshop Name – “You quilted that with your walking foot?” – 2-day course  Saturday September 22 and 29, 2018 

While those who quilt with free-motion feet are busy practising you’ll be quilting directly on your project just by marking a few lines or guides. The walking foot can be used for more than just stitch in the ditch and straight lines. Irene will show you a dozen designs, all done with the walking foot. We will, of course, start with stitch-in-the-ditch and matchsticks just to get you warmed up, then on to fun stuff using stencils and templates. This is a two day workshop, although you can also attend just one day.

Day 1:
Make a sampler with twelve blocks showcasing the different walking foot designs. We will go through all the designs, you will have a chance to practice on each and then a brief discussion on how to assemble it in the Quilt-As-you-Go method.

Day 2:
Paper-piece a center block of Flying Geese (as per illustration above). Assemble your blocks and center piece in the Quilt-As-You Go method.

  • Instructor: Irene Lafleche
  • Location: Centre Notre-Dame-Des-Champs Recreation Centre, 3659 Navan Road
  • Time: 9:00 to 4:00 (Doors open at 9 – Class starts at 9:15)
  • Date: Saturday September 22 and 29 (2 day class)
  • Cost:
    • 1 day: $35.00 members $40.00 non-members
    • 2 days: $60.00 members, $70 non-members
  • Skill level: Confident beginner to an experienced quilter looking to learn a new technique.
  • Maximum number : 12
  • Notes: Bring a lunch or pick something up down the street.
  • Register: On-line or at the September guild meeting. Spaces are available.

 

Workshop Name – “Mythical Nisse” – 1/2-day course  Wednesday October 17, 2018 

 

A Nisse is a mythological creature from Scandinavian folklore, today typically associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season.  They have an appearance somewhat similar to that of a garden gnome, but the Nisse must NEVER be confused with a gnome.  It’s not fair to the Nisse.

  • Instructor: Dorothy DeRose
  • Location: Centre Notre-Dame-Des-Champs Recreation Centre, 3659 Navan Road
  • Time: 9:00 to 1:00 (Doors open at 9 – Class starts at 9:15)
  • Date: Wednesday October 17, 2018
  • Cost:
    • $25.00 members $30.00 non-members
    • ** KIT – $12.00
  • Skill level: comfortable with your sewing machine.
  • Maximum number : 10
  • Notes: Bring a lunch or pick up something down the street.

Register: On-line or in person at the workshop desk. Spaces are available.

 

Workshop Name – “Fast and 40ish; 40” x 40”quilt ” – 1-day course – Wednesday November 14, 2018   ***** CANCELLED *****

Need a quilt in a hurry? Just the right size for kids or seniors or over the back of the couch at Christmas: 40” x 40”. Pick a feature fabric for the center diamond (baby/Christmas/ biker) and use it to co-ordinate three more fabrics. Quilt it as you sew it. You are almost done already.

  • Instructor: Victoria Van der Linden
  • Location: Centre Notre-Dame-Des-Champs Recreation Centre, 3659 Navan Road
  • Time: 10:00 to 3:30 (Doors open at 9:30 – Class starts at 10)
  • Date: Wednesday November 14, 2018
  • Cost:
    • 1 day: $25.00 members $30.00 non-members
  • Skill level: Confident beginner to an experienced quilter looking to learn a new technique.
  • Maximum number : 12
  • Notes: Bring your lunch or pick something up down the street.
  • Register: On-line or at our guild meeting. Spaces are available.

 

Workshop Name –  Precision Piecing – Saturday November 17, 2018   *** FULL ***

This workshop sold out the last two years. Precision Piecing will cover basic techniques required to achieve your accurate 1/4 inch seam, how to make seams match, how to make star points pointy, etc. All the tips and tricks will be shared by Michele Gagné, a very experienced teacher – she has seen and done it all, and knows how to (and how not to) do it again! You will leave the class with a class project the size of a table runner, which will be a sampler of everything you have learned.

  • Location: Centre Notre-Dame- des-Champs Recreation Centre, 3659 Navan Road.
  • Time: 9am to 4pm
  • Cost: $30.00 members, $35.00 non members Class list will be sent upon registration.
  • Skill Level:  All levels.  Also suitable for more experienced quilters who want to fine tune their techniques.
  • Maximum # of students: 15
  • Note: Bring a lunch or pick up something down the street.

 

Workshop – The world’s fastest runners – Wednesday November 28, 2019   ***** CANCELLED *****

Looking to make up small holiday gifts for a friend, neighbor, or that person you have a holiday swap with?

Join us in a second fun-filled day where Victoria will teach us two different table runner patterns. One is crazy easy/jelly roll friendly, and the other one doesn’t even require batting.

  • Instructor: Victoria Van der Linden
  • Location: Notre-Dame-Des-Champs on Navan Road
  • Time: 10:00 to 3:30 (Doors open at 9:30 – Class starts at 10)
  • Date: Wednesday November 28, 2018
  • Cost:
    • 1 day: $25.00 members $30.00 non-members
  • Skill level: Confident beginner to an experienced quilter looking to learn a new technique.
  • Maximum number : 12
  • Notes: Bring your lunch or pick something up down the street.
  • Register: On-line or at our guild meeting. Spaces are available.

 

T-shirt Quilts – Saturday December 1, 2018   *** FULL ***

Have you got a stack of t-shirts that you would love to make into a quilt? Come spend the day learning how to cut up and stabilize those shirts and then put them together to make a wonderful memory quilt. You may add sashings, blocks and outer borders or just piece the shirts alone.

Together we will work out a layout for your quilt top and puzzle piece shirts of various sizes together. Gwenne will also discuss quilting options including quilt as you go, rag quilts along with quilting strategies for your domestic machine.

  • Location: Centre Notre-Dame- des-Champs Recreation Centre, 3659 Navan Road.
  • Time: 9am to 4pm (Doors open at 9)
  • Cost: $35.00 members, $45.00 non members Class list will be sent upon registration.
  • Skill Level:  All levels,
  • Maximum # of students: 10

Note: Bring a lunch or pick up something just down the road.

 

Workshop Name – “Double Disappearing 9-Patch Variations” – 1 day course  Wednesday January 9, 2019 

   

This is an all day (6 hour) workshop for up to 24 participants.

In the morning (3 hours), we will look at examples of  four DD9P block variations: Traditional, Transitioning to Modern, Modern, and Improv.

Participants will learn how to construct the block, and receive useful tips, and  a full colour pattern for construction of the block.

All fabric for construction of four sample blocks is supplied by the instructor. These sample blocks will be suitable for use as a cushion cover (15″ square)

In the afternoon (3 hours),  participants will continue working on the four block variations, with a particular focus on the Improv variation.

 Instructor: Bill Stearman

  • Location: Notre-Dame-Des-Champs on Navan Road
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Doors open at 8:30)
  • Date: Wednesday January 9, 2019
  • Cost:
    • $30.00 members $35.00 non-members Patterns included.
    • ** KIT – $20.00
  • Skill level: Confident beginner +
  • Maximum number : 24
  • Notes: Bring a lunch or pick up something down the street.

Register: On-line or in person at the workshop desk. Spaces are available

Workshop Name – “Introduction to Reverse Appliqué” – 1/2-day course  Wednesday April 10, 2019 

  • Instructor: Célest Compion
  • Location: Notre-Dame-Des-Champs on Navan Road
  • Time: 9:00 to 1:30 (Doors open at 8:30)
  • Date: Wednesday April 10, 2019
  • Cost:
    • $25.00 members $30.00 non-members Patterns included.
    • ** KIT – $16.00 (includes pre-washed shweshwe)
  • Skill level: Beginner to Expert
  • Maximum number : 10
  • Notes: Bring a lunch or pick up something down the street.

Register: On-line or in person at the workshop desk. Spaces are available

 

Circles and squares – Circle Insert Tablerunner, Saturday May 4, 2018

Learn how to add circles or ovals to embellish the design of your quilt and make it out of the ordinary.  Michèle will teach how to create fabulous combinations of blocks using her technique, resulting in an easy to make tablerunner. All you need is a zipper foot.

Whether it’s your first time, or you’d like a refresher, come join us for the day.

  • Location: Aquaview Community Centre 318 Aquaview Dr, Orleans ON K4A 0B5
  • Time: 10:00 am to 4pm – doors open at 9:30
  • Cost: $30.00 members, $35.00 non members Class list will be sent upon registration.
  • Skill Level:  Confident beginner. Also suitable for more experienced quilters who want to fine tune their techniques.
  • Maximum # of students: 15
  • Note: Bring a lunch.

 

Owly Design 2017